Help on buying my first jetboat?

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Answer #1 | 13/12 2013 06:21
I am not sure reliable and 1996 seadoo should be in the same paragraph. No expert but I have read a lot and seadoos engines are not the most reliable and as they age (hrs) you are looking at high repair costs as percentage of total purchase - however the jet and other parts should be fine (normal suff like seals etc would need to be replaced inspected in the jet). Do lots of research on the speedster - try to find some forums and read,read,read to get a good idea of where and what to look for as issues with the vintage you are looking to buy - just so you know what you are getting into. Personally I think they look cool and would be a lot of fun - bit the reality of boat owner ship is that they need a lot of TLC and unless you have big bucks to cart them off to a repair facility anytime something breaks - they can get costly quickly - DIY is fine but diagnosis and repair may take time and effort and the where I live the boating seasons in <6month long. so being down for much time is a huge waste.
Answer #2 | 14/12 2013 08:25
Seadoo is a very reliable brand of sport jet, but I would advise you to select one of the single engine, Mercury Jet powered models, as opposed to the Rotax powered twin engine Speedster. Not that there is anything wrong with the Rotax engines, but having 2 engines increases your maintenance cost, and you will get better fuel economy with the single engine boat. The twin engine sport jets are also a bit harder to control at low speed, so a single engine boat would probably be a better "starter boat". The Mercury Jet package that BRP (Seadoo) used was simply a Mercury 2 stroke powerhead attached to a jet pump, rather than a gearcase and propeller. If you can find something 1998 or newer, you will be a lot better off- Mercury began using Optimax powerheads for propulsion. The Optimax is a direct fuel injected 2 stroke, which is much more environmentally friendly, and gives about 1/3 better fuel economy over the older 2 stroke carburated models.

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